Cafe Colectivo is an absolute gem. Located just off Boxhanger Platz in the heart of Friedrichshain, Cafe Colectivo is like going to someone’s house for coffee. Its cozy atmosphere and soothing music is a pleasant escape from all the high energy of Friedrichshain.

Cafe Colectivo has top notch coffee, desserts, and wonderful Spanish dishes (on Sundays they have Paella). There’s free Wi-Fi, interesting art work, outdoor seating, and plenty of reading material. I live just a few blocks away, and unlike many of the tourist filled cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood, you will find real locals at Cafe Colectivo. It’s one of my favorite places to read and enjoy the company of fellow Berliners.